Over 25 internationally renowned experts will speak at the conference - giving delegates the chance to deepen their knowledge of current thinking and new research on street-connected children.

Meet international experts in: ending family violence, recovery from trauma and sexual abuse, missing children, reintegrating street-connected children, child development, clinical psychology, family therapy, arts therapy, and child protection.

Mr. Taonga Tembo is Zambian born from the Petauke district. He is the co-founder of Barefeet Theatre and currently the Programs Director for the same organization. Barefeet is an NGO that works with children/youths who find themselves in difficult situations, including those living on the streets, by using various art forms that help to: rehabilitate, build self-confidence, and give vital skills and information as a tool to make positive life choices. Over 13,000 children/youths have benefited and young people’s performing groups have born out of Barefeet programs (Circus Zambia is one of the groups). Mr. Tembo is trained in Trauma-Focus Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TFCBT) for children. He is an artist by profession in Theatre for Development.Inspired by Alex Mavrocordatos’ exploration of participatory methodology, Taonga facilitates his workshops using Participatory Process Performance (PPP). This is an effective methodology to engage a group or individual on a specific subject matter. One of his duties as Programs Director is to help with reconciliation and reintegration of children from the street and centres with their families. He has locally and internationally attended conferences and facilitated in workshops at high level.

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WORKSHOP: Speak out

The workshop will be taken from a storytelling intervention. This is a community based street prevention programme run by Barefeet Theatre. Uncle John is a character in a story-based module created for recreational activities, with a focus on the psychosocial needs of children. The purpose of the module is to: 1) help remove children from the street and protect those who are at risk of finding themselves on the street; 2) ultimately contribute to producing responsible youth and children with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to make healthy decision; 3) give participants an opportunity to explore and process issues and topics that are lifesaving in a safe and fun environment; and 4) enable participants to share life experiences, access helpful information and discuss positive solutions when faced with challenges in life instead of engaging in unhealthy activities. The workshop will be delivered through a Participatory Process Performance (PPP) method of Theatre for Development (TFD). The process of TFD is a strategic tool that could be at the heart of any community initiative envisaging social or behavioural change. The facilitator will become Uncle John to tell his story, and then the participants will relate the story to their life experiences. The workshop will be run through storytelling, discussions, interactive games, team building exercises and group work.